Unemployed? Make Sure You're Doing These 11 Things Monthly To Stay Motivated (+ Downloadable Checklist)

Friday, November 13, 2020 New York, NY, USA

Whether you're unemployed because of COVID-19 or you were unemployed beforehand and the pandemic made the job hunt take longer than expected, it's totally normal to lose motivation and get a bit discouraged when things don't go exactly as you'd like (or planned).

The process is challenging, there's no denying it, so having a mix of good and bad days is bound to happen. To make it a bit easier, though, consider trying these 11 things monthly to keep you feeling motivated and optimistic about what's to come — because it will be GOOD, I can feel it. Oh, and if you take one thing from this, remember to give yourself grace through the ups, downs, and in-betweens.

1. Tap one or two people in your professional network to catch up.

Believe it or not, you don't have to have any personal updates in order to check in with other people in your network to see how they're doing and make sure you're nurturing all important relationships. They're there for you and you should be there for them as well (and yes, you should continue this after you land a job, too).

2. Take online courses to fine-tune your skills or learn new ones.

Most everything is virtual right now anyway, so why not check out new ways to up your already impressive resume? Or! If you're not interested in any more career-building classes (I get it, they can be exhausting), consider trying fun ones to help with a new hobby!

Udemy has a variety of reasonably priced digital courses, ranging from tax explainers to photography basics. If you are looking for professional courses, though (Udemy has those, too), LinkedIn Learning has a library of courses and you can showcase a badge for them on your profile once they're complete.

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3. Sign up for helpful or inspirational webinars.

There are, of course, fabulous webinars everywhere, but when it comes to all things work-related, Career Contessa is my go-to. Some recent standout webinars they've done:

4. Work on your personal brand.

Whether it's taking public speaking classes, perfecting your 60-second elevator pitch, or learning proper email etiquette, use the time you have to take your game from an A to an A++++.

5. Don't shy away from freelance opportunities.

Unless you're already a full-time freelancer, the idea of committing to freelancing may not cross your mind when you've got your mind set on a full-time position. But, next time you see an interesting part-time or freelance opportunity, stop yourself and check it out before continuing to scroll past it. If you think about it, several freelance gigs (or one permalance position) might not only be the perfect fit but they're also really rewarding—and they often pay well, too.

Plus, it'll help you add to your portfolio while still giving you enough time to focus on job applications if you decide you're still looking for something more permanent.

6. Update your LinkedIn profile.

You might be thinking, "monthly?!" And my answer to that is, yes. Whether it's elaborating on your job descriptions, adding new skills, or freshening up your "About" section, make sure things feel new on your LinkedIn profile every single month.

7. Reach out to connections you've worked with to ask them to consider leaving you a recommendation on LinkedIn.

Of course, you don't want to bombard everyone you know with requests for them to consider writing LinkedIn recs, so think about spreading them out each month so you can get new ones every few weeks. Of course, only reach out to the people you feel would speak really highly of you. Think quality over quantity for LinkedIn recommendations.

8. Spruce up your resume so it remains something you're proud of and want to show off.

Similarly to the LinkedIn tip above, you never want to feel bored of your resume. You should feel proud of it and want people to see it when you send it out. Sprucing it up regularly could mean you simply change up some of the wording, play around with the layout, or change the formatting altogether. Side note, always remember that resumes should be one page only.

SEE ALSO: 11 Essential Skills Bloggers And Online Business Owners Must Add To Their Resumes

9. Maintain a routine.

Set that alarm and don't hit snooze (at least not too many times). Keep getting up, drink your tea/coffee, exercise, shower, and/or whatever else your morning routine includes, and start your day on a healthy note. In my opinion, productivity is key to feeling good while unemployed... even if the things you check off your to-do list have nothing to do with your career.

10. Use any extra time to work on a passion project (no matter how big or small).

You know that thing you've always wanted to do? Now's the time. Not only is the pandemic keeping you socially distant, but being unemployed has made that extra time absolutely perfect for taking up a new passion project. Blogging? Photography? You name it. The time is now!

11. Take your time.

Speaking of time, you cannot make more of it, sadly. What you do with that time is up to YOU and only you and if you don't have to rush, then don't. Because life is a journey, not a race, so take the time to do what makes your soul happy.

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